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How to restore user files without his/her username/password

By h4ng0ver ·
Hi all
I'm trying to upgrade a user's computer to windows XP from W2K. I'm wondering if there's an easy way to transfer all users files to windows XP without log in to his/her windows network account. Windows XP will be on a new hard drive.

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by CharlieSpencer In reply to How to restore user files ...

You could log on as either a network administrator (if the system is on a network), or as the local Administrator (if the system is "stand-alone"). Either way, you'll have access to the user's "My Documents" folder (C:\Documents and Settings\Username\My Documents)

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Unless there is EFS involved...

by cmiller5400 In reply to Administrator

EFS would throw a small wrench into the mix. Don't do anything to their old machine until they are happy with the new one (especially if it is a standalone one and not part of a domain). If EFS is involved, you may need to export their private key and reimport it on the new machine if they have EFS encrypted files and they did not decrypt them before the move.

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Thanks but..

by h4ng0ver In reply to Administrator

I tried that before, copied everything to C:\Document and Settings\User\"everything", but when a user log on to the system, it created another profile under \Document and Settings\User."network name".
Do I need to change the ownership of the files back to the original owner?

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by cmiller5400 In reply to Thanks but..

1. Have the user login
2. Copy the required files. ie. My Documents etc. into the new profile.

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by h4ng0ver In reply to Steps

Is there a better way? I want to have everything ready once the user log on to her machine.

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Use this command in a batch file

by bincarnato In reply to Thanks but..

xcopy "c:\documents and settings\user\*.*" "c:\documents and settings\user.networkname" /d/s/c/i/h/r/k/y

It will copy everything from the old profile to the new profile.

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